2017 Will Be One Of The Costliest U.S. Natural Disaster Years Ever
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Researchers say in 2016, human activity caused extreme heat events that wouldn't have happened otherwise.
A new report from the American Meteorological Society finds in 2016, Earth saw the first extreme weather events explicitly due to human-driven climate change.
Those events were all heat-related: Researchers measured climbing average global temperatures, deadly heat waves in Asia and unusually warm ocean water, which contributed to widespread coral bleaching on the Great Barrier Reef.
Scientists said the only reason we're seeing these changes is because of greenhouse gases we've added to the atmosphere. A natural climate simply wouldn't get this extreme.
But there is good news. These findings don't represent a point of no return. Of the 27 relevant studies from 2016, only some showed that humans were directly responsible for climate shifts.
But researchers have identified a trend toward more extreme weather as the planet warms up. We've seen more billion-dollar disasters in recent years, and some research already shows climate change contributed to Hurricane Harvey's severe rainfall.
A new study highlights the need to come up with plans to deal with the growing danger of wildfires, made worse by climate change.
Scientists using proxies such as ice cores, tree rings and corals have also said this is the warmest decade Earth has seen in about 125,000 years.
Several African leaders noted their continent's rainforests helped gobble up excess carbon dioxide in the air from other countries.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says 100,000 Americans are living with sickle cell disease.
U.S. officials are considering issuing hunting permits to help limit the West Coast population of invasive barred owls.
Good Samaritans caught the woman allegedly pouring gasoline onto the home and attempting to ignite it with a lighter.